Driving out of Nairobi today and seeing the Kenyan landscape was incredible. I had never realised, or expected, how mountainous and green the Kenyan countryside is. We stopped off at The Great Rift Valley – as it was on the way to Londiani – and took in the magnificent view. I even learnt some history! Continuing on the journey the wildlife that we saw on the side of the road was incredible – zebras, baboons, donkeys, and monkeys. I am use to seeing sheep, cows, and maybe the occasional rabbit, but nothing like this. Usually I would argue that maybe if the Kenyans came to England and saw the English wildlife that I take for granted, then maybe they would be amazed, but there are still sheep, cows, and rabbits here too!
Out journey to Londiani took longer than what we were advised – I am learning quickly that Kenyan time is slower than English time – but the time travelled was worth the wait. The road up to the school had huge pot holes and cracks, making it impossible to get the car up the hill, however with a push from the locals and myself, Callum, and Rosie walking up the hill, the car made it. As we were walking up to the school, there were some children who were laughing and following along with us. As we reached the school the teachers were waiting in a line to greet us, and all the 200+ school children were also there, singing and dancing to welcome us. I was so overwhelmed that I managed to step in cow poo! We followed the children to the school office where we sat down and the head master Daniel. Daniel and the other teachers welcomed us and showed us around the school classrooms and dormitories. The school provided dormitories for students to live far away, as it is unsafe for them to walk to and from school every day.
The procedures that have to be put in place for these young children to stay safe and have an education is outstanding. Being away from their parents and sharing a bed with numerous children must be difficult. I saw a girl with a scar along the side of her face – I don’t know the circumstances that resulted in the scar across her face – but it made me realise the extreme and unsafe environment that these people live in.
Daniel also showed us projects that he has in place, such as buying cows to supple the children with milk, and a well that he wants to make more of. Listening to the projects that Daniel has in place and the history of how he started the school was touching, and made me think that the world needs more people like Daniel. A man who does good for other people and who wishes to maintain and grow peoples quality of life. All over all our trip to Londiani was overwhelming and heart touching. Hopefully in the future the University of Brighton can assist Daniel in his plans to making a future for children.